Tanya

carnal — adj. — relating to the desires and appetites of the body, earthy

Tanya wore her sexuality like a bright red dress and for 20 years
thought she had a perfect marriage

But lust and longing permeate like smoke
and on Christmas in their ruinous middle years he told her

His secretary
a long-standing arrangement
a quickening of the pulse is all he claimed it was

but what else is there

They stayed together and when he was dying, his only regret
at least the only one he mentioned was that now
his pension would be smaller: widow’s benefits were only half

After a year of talking to him on the Ouija board
Tanya found a lover
a married man, older than she, with plenty of time on his hands

said that lying on her back, skin relaxing smooth on her face
She looked 16 again.

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